Wednesday September 02, 2015
January 8th, 2015
There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age. Yet he taught lessons about racial reconciliation, the role of religion in politics, the purposes of politics itself and -- oddly for a politician -- humility that will always be fresh.
Meg Greenfield, the late Washington Post editorial page editor, counseled against writing in "High C" all the time. By this she meant that an editorialist or columnist who expressed equally noisy levels of indignation about everything would lack credibility when something truly outrageous came along that merited a well-crafted high-pitched scream.
In a rare case of editorial initiative, the New York Times editorial board has flatly called for an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent George W. Bush administration figures involved in authorship of the so-called torture memos, which authorized use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against suspected terrorists captured in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Gas prices have plunged to the low $2 range—except in Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, the prices at the pump are in the mid-$2 range.
It was an "awesome" year. In my annual search for a word that pretty much describes the past year, I have found that almost everything, everywhere, was "awesome."
I am using the A-word in the sense that I have heard my son's generation use it since he was in grade school in the 1990s.
Poetry is a window into the soul. And one lesson to me from the reaction to my "When Whites Just Don't Get It" series is that we need soul-searching about race in America. So I invited readers this month to submit poems about race.
Thanks to everyone for sending in more than 300 poems, and I'm happy to turn this column over to you readers and your verse.
"If meritocracy exists anywhere on earth, it is in Silicon Valley," wrote David Sacks in an email to The Times' Jodi Kantor.
I'm sorry to say that the going word on 2014 is that it was the worst possible year. If you had ordered the year from a catalogue, you would have sent it back with an angry note attached: "Just give me two 1929s, and stop delivery of 2015." It was awful. It was lousy. It stank.
For starters, "The Interview" is very funny, in the Seth Rogen foul-mouthed, silly way.
And while the propriety of showing a real world head of state being assassinated can be debated - the latest in a long list of political and social boundaries pushed by Hollywood - it also has moments that are surprisingly smart and politically astute.
Support it or not, there's no denying that this was a watershed year for marijuana.
Within hours of the new year, the nation saw the first legally sanctioned sales of marijuana for recreational use in modern history. Throughout, states considered and often passed expanding access to the drug and, as recently as last weekend, Congress was interfering in D.C.'s pot policies and promising to stay out of the states.